When you hear the word ‘Drone’ you don’t necessarily think, ‘shopping’. The idea of technology is to make life a lot easier and less stressful. It is a transition from complexity to simplicity. One fantastic invention would be a drone shopping assistant. There is no doubt that most times, you spend a lot of time trying to locate or verify the price of an item in a typical shopping mall. Even when signs are available to direct you to the different product categories, it still appears difficult picking out a specific brand. Too much searching could be frustrating mainly when has already been a long day. The idea of drone shopping assistants is indeed perfect to take care of the situation.
The Drones as a Future Helper
The drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) controlled by instructions from a centralized computer. This shopping assistant is fitted with sensors to guide each drone from colliding with other drones, items in the store and shoppers. There are suggestions that it should be equipped with speakers to serve as an audio aid. Also, play screens with visual maps to direct customers to the specific location of products.
How does the drone work?
After the order is submitting from a customer, it will transmit to the drone. The drone UAV identifies the customer in need of assistance and leads the shopper to the exact location of the products. With the aid of the sensor, the drone verifies the price of the item through transmission from the central computer. It can also do this by scanning the barcode on the item to check the information stored in the database. An audio aid as speakers on the mobile electronic device will pronounce the price rather than displaying on the play screen.
There are prospects that requests are made then summon the drone, using smartphones either personal or temporarily provided. Again, there are proposals for a wearable device which on arrival are given to shoppers in the store. This device will serve as a target for the drone to follow as the customer moves around the store.
Why these drone shopping assistants?
The drone shopping assistants technology will go a long way in saving time for the staff. They would instead focus on engaging in other activities that will help the customer in need. For the business, staffing issues won’t be a big problem. Customers won’t have to waste extra time trying to locate a product or negotiate its figure the price list.
Though the idea of the drone shopping assistants is still in proposals and patenting by major retailers such as the Walmart, the primary purpose is to create quality and better customer experience. For the success of the business, it will help in keeping an accurate record of sales and increase staff efficiency. Again, the technology has the potency of dynamically changing the way customers shop. That would be a significant breakthrough for the modern society.
Linda Rawson is the CEO, and Founder of DynaGrace Enterprises, (http://DynaGrace.com) which is a Women-Owned, Small Business. She is also the author of The Minority and Women-Owned Small Business Guide to Government Contracts.